UNSW Science & Engineering Building (Kensington)

Gonzalez Steel supplied all labour, materials, set out, plant and equipment for the complete design detailing, shop drawing, supply, installation, certification and warranty of structural steel for this project.

The Science & Engineering Building (SEB) is a specialist research and teaching space in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of NSW.

The new building included 10 stories, including a double height lower ground and basement level and one level of plant. It also included an auditorium, research areas, workspaces, a teaching and learning space, office space and bridge connections linking the SEB and MSEB buildings at levels 1 and 7 as well as a link at basement level.

The project included architectural stairs that linked the ground and roof levels via all 10 levels of the structure. The installation of the stairs was a complex challenge which involved rolling the welded stair modules through the building with back props used to support all structures along the way. It was a multi crane lift using 2 cranes to drop the stairs into position. The auditorium also involved walkways raised above a timber stage all completed with exposed architectural steelwork. The complexity of the project required a great deal of coordination between project stakeholders.

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